|Dav Pilkey said it was|
a bookmark contest that
first made him think he
could be a successful
First up, Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival at University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.
I adore this festival! Karen Rowell and Ellen Ruffin and the whole team outdo themselves every single year.
This year it featured Dav Pilkey receiving the Medallion, which was so much fun! Librarians were running all around campus in their superhero capes. :) I particularly enjoyed learning about Dav's challenges as a student. I was also wow-ed by
|me and Salina Yoon|
Salina shared about being a "recovering introvert" which had us all laughing. Then she shared how she was a quiet child, much like the Dennis character (who is a mime) in BE A FRIEND.
Salina put on her mime hat and gloves to read the story for us! Magic, I say. Salina also shared her spreadsheets on submissions and acceptances, and wow, was that inspiring! One reason Salina
|Storyteller Award winner|
Alabamian Wanda Johnson
telling us her 6 favorite words:
"Let me tell you a story."
Another thing I loved was hearing old friend and fellow Alabamian (and USM alum!) Ash Parson talk about tropes and archetypes. Love that lady! And it was so much fun to meet and present with new friend Leah Henderson, author of the middle grade novel ONE SHADOW ON THE WALL which happens to be the only current novel set in Senegal.
|me and Leah Henderson|
One of the highlights for me was sharing a table with a bunch of Mississippi librarians who live and work outside Memphis, TN. These ladies were THE BEST! I'm so grateful. I hope to meet up with them again when I travel with a dear friend for a research trip to Graceland later this year.
So much goodness! I'm excited to be traveling again to Mississippi with Charles Waters in August to share CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? at Mississippi Book Festival (Jackson, MS).
Hooray for us! And for Mississippi!